Managing director of Birkenhead-based training provider Progress to Excellence Group is taking over the role from contact centre entrepreneur Asif Hamid. Tony McDonough reports
Wirral businesswoman Sandra Kirkham has been unveiled as the new chair of Wirral Chamber of Commerce.
The managing director of Birkenhead-based training provider Progress to Excellence Group is taking over the role from contact centre entrepreneur Asif Hamid. Mr Hamid will remain as Honorary President and board member at the chamber.
Ms Kirkham said: “It was the shared vision with Wirral Chamber of Commerce that resulted in my joining the organisation in the first place. The rationale behind my thinking at the time was very simple – that we both strongly believed in collaborating with employers to build mutually beneficial relationships.
“Wirral Chamber is a pivotal organisation to all businesses, enabling them to receive, or be signposted to relevant services and support. Not only does it provide a vital lifeline for business start-ups but also is a great support organisation for larger businesses.”
Originally founding her business in as a training consultancy after a career in social services, Ms Kirkham expanded Progress to Excellence into one of the UK’s fastest growing specialist training organisations.
It now delivers apprenticeships and vocational training for more than 1,300 employers and developing 4,300 learners.
Paula Basnett, chief executive of Wirral Chamber, added: “The Board has actively shaped our services and led the direction of the chamber through their expertise as business professionals and commitment to supporting economic growth.
“Under Asif Hamid’s stewardship and direction, Wirral Chamber has enjoyed unprecedented growth and is now recognised as one of the UK’s leading business membership organisations.
“I am sure that Sandra will now bring her own thoughts and skills, and together with her input which will be invaluable in bringing new insights and enhancing the chamber offer.”